(The cast and director of Noises Off during a dress rehearsal at The Bank Theatre in Leamington, Ontario. Back row from left actors John Peter Solski, Michael Hale, Perla Alejandra Layman, Noah Simpson, and Clinton Hammond, On couch from left Marnie Renaud-Gare, Corey Robertson, Cindy Pastorious, and Emma Amlin. In front, director Renata Solski. Photo above by and courtesy of Ken Amlin.)
The Bank Theatre in Leamington opened their presentation of the hit production of Michael Frayn’s hilarious, off-the-wall comedy “Noises Off” at the newly renovated theatre earlier this week. Directed by Renata Solski, the double week/end run includes performances from November 6-9 and November 14-17.
“Noises Off” is acclaimed as one of the funniest plays ever written, earning multiple Broadway awards and nominations for its first run in 1982 and two revivals in 2002 and 2015. The 1992 movie version had an all-star cast including Carol Burnett, Michael Caine, Christopher Reeve, and John Ritter.
A play within a play “Noises Off” is a rip-roaring classic about an ambitious director and his troupe of mediocre actors. The cast and crew are putting together a silly sex comedy titled, “Nothing On” – a single-set farce in which lovers frolic, doors slam, clothes are tossed away, and embarrassing hi-jinx ensue.
“This is the perfect production to showcase here at The Bank Theatre”, said Director Renata Solski. “You will want to come more than once to watch this joyfully out-of-control British Farce. The physical and verbal interplay between this under-rehearsed and over-worked cast and crew is enchanting. Frayn builds a house of cards, that is bound to come tumbling down. This bumbling cast will bring down the house—literally!!”
“The Bank Theatre is truly setting the bar high with top-level entertainment and theatrical productions,” stated President Ursula Tiessen. Having Renata Solski bring this production to fruition is the icing on the cake. She is a gem that has brought two amazing past productions ‘Lend Me A Tenor’ and ‘Love, Sex, and the IRS.’ Get ready to laugh and enjoy theatre at its best!”
It’s fitting to note that auditions for this production brought in talents from Leamington, Windsor and Essex County. To that end Solski says “Be prepared for a superb cast of talented and enthusiastic actors; some are newcomers to The Bank Theatre. They have worked tirelessly to tackle the laser-sharp comic timing that Frayn weaves throughout the play. Our Second Act where you see the backstage life of actors is a challenge and will leave even the audience breathless. Then there is the comedic choreography of opening and closing of doors; the front door opens 49 times. And then there are “Sardines”, mentioned 228 times in the play.
If you are worried about the timing of the play Building Co-Chair and Vice President John Moran says “there isn’t a worry. We tested our new seats, and did our research before purchase and bought the most comfortable seats.” The run time for the play is approximately two hours and thirty minutes, including two intermissions.
“Noises Off” is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc., a Concord Theatricals Company and is sponsored in part by the Municipality of Leamington.
The production opened on Wednesday, November 6 and runs to Saturday, November 9 and features a second week run from Thursday, November 14 through to Sunday, November 17.
For more information including show times and ticket details visit the Eyes On Windsor events calendar: Noises Off by Michael Frayn Presented by The Bank Theatre
Photos in this post by and courtesy of Ken Amlin